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Dogs off the leash can be unnerving

10:00 01 February 2013

Sapphire Worlledge, 16, and her two-year-old Siberian Husky Kaiser were attacked by two dogs while walking in a field near their Felixstowe home.

Sapphire Worlledge, 16, and her two-year-old Siberian Husky Kaiser were attacked by two dogs while walking in a field near their Felixstowe home.

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SHOULD dogs be kept on leads in public spaces?

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It is an issue which has raised its head following the incident on the Orwell Green playing field in Felixstowe where Sapphire Worlledge and her Siberian husky were attacked by two dogs running off the lead.

Contributors to the Streetlife social website have been furiously debating the issue.

It’s been enthralling. Some who have had a very bad experience understandably feel dogs should be kept on leads in all public places – parks, open spaces, sports fields, streets, beaches and proms.

Most though think it is safe for dogs to be off lead around other people – but it’s the responsibility of owners to ensure their dogs are properly trained.

One correspondent said it should be compulsory for people to take their pets to training classes.

By-laws are in place in parts of Felixstowe to ensure people keep dogs on leads – such as the prom – but no-one takes a blind bit of notice and no-one bothers to enforce them.

I always find it a little unnerving when a loose dog is running about and especially when it heads my way. Our children were frightened several times when small by dogs off the leash bounding up to them.

Owners though, in my experience, are mortified when their dogs run up to you – full of apologies for their errant pets, and attacks which cause injury are thankfully very rare. The answer must be responsible training to make everyone feel comfortable and confident when dogs are off lead.

6 comments

  • YES ALL dogs should be kept on a lead at ALL times,or why not have fenced off areas in parks where dogs can run free and feel free to do their mess where no children walk and play? two problems solved in one....i thank you.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • YES I AGREE , KEEP THEM ON A LEAD WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC ,,ALSO MAY I ADD , THE OWNER SHOULD HAVE A LICENCE & INSURANCE FOR THE ANIMAL ,AND IF THEY DO ATTACK ANYBODY OR OTHER ANIMAL AND DO DAMAGE , YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CLAIM OFF THEM ..

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • YES ALL dogs should be kept on a lead at ALL times,or why not have fenced off areas in parks where dogs can run free and feel free to do their mess where no children walk and play? two problems solved in one....i thank you.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I'm sorry but how rediculous to post below that some dogs should be leashed but not all, how on earth could that be regulated and who would decide which dogs are ok? I guess that most dog owners think their pet wouldn't hurt a fly and that's precisely where the danger comes from as surely those animals who have attacked people or other dogs weren't purposefully let off their leads to do so!! In my opinion all dogs should be on a lead in public, what's wrong with a retractable lead, the dog still has a lot of freedom but the owner still has control over it. Maybe if dogs were on leads owners couldn't walk away from the mess they tend to leave behind either!

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    MZH

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Yes some dogs should be kept on a lead, and it should have been those 2 dogs that attacked that Poor girl and Husky, but not all dogs should be kept on a lead. Some dogs have a gentle nature and wouldn't hurt a fly, all they want to do is run around. It really annoys me when people blurt out statements such as this. They should consider the Pros and Cons beforehand.

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    Chloeden92

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Yes some dogs should be kept on a lead, and it should have been those 2 dogs that attacked that Poor girl and Husky, but not all dogs should be kept on a lead. Some dogs have a gentle nature and wouldn't hurt a fly, all they want to do is run around. It really annoys me when people blurt out statements such as this. They should consider the Pros and Cons beforehand.

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    Chloeden92

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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